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About Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

June 4th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic SiteLearning about Texas’ rich history has never been this exciting before! You will find staying at our quaint bed and breakfast in the countryside allows for you to explore some of Texas’ most popular and important sites. One of the numerous places to visit is The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. This site is a fantastic place to experience the history of Texas in an exciting way. We at Murski Homestead want you enjoy our home as much as we do! Here is more information on the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.


The picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River and consists of 293.1 acres. The land was acquired by deed from private owners in 1916 and was transferred to the State Parks Board from the State Board of Control by the legislature in 1949. In 1976 and 1996 more land was acquired by deed from private owners. The extensive park grounds along the Brazos River offer a beautiful background for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching.


In addition to walking around the grounds of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, you can also tour the Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm. When touring the grounds, visitors receive unique insight into the lives of the men who fought and won Texas’ independence from Mexico.


Stroll through the Independence Hall, which marks the place where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was created. Continue on and make your way down the historic Ferry Street and end your walk with a breathtaking view of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers!


To truly grasp the full history of the place, spend some time at the Barrington Living History Farm. The Farm was owned and worked by Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Jones named the farm “Barrington” after his Massachusetts home, Great Barrington. Today, with the help of Jones’s daybook, the interpreters at Barrington Living Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead. The original Jones home is still standing, but the outbuildings are replicas created by Texas Parks and Wildlife using Jones’s own journal and drawings. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the 19th century while touring the farmstead. Visitors will gain a better understanding of what life was like 150 years ago because the interpreters are dressed in period style clothing and heritage breeds of livestock roam about!



When you visit the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, you are going to need a place to stay for the night. Murski Homestead is a perfect way to experience the Texas countryside and the history that surrounds it. Our bed and breakfast is located less then 20 minutes away from the site, giving you the best access! Offering all the typical amenities associated with a quaint bed and breakfast, you will are sure to have a comfortable stay. Every morning, you will be served a delicious breakfast to start your day off right. Chose from one of our four luxurious rooms, which are decorated in classic country style! Make the most of your Texas vacation by staying at the Murski Homestead!



Photo courtesy Stuart Seeger.

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